Lauren Mai

Lauren was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school in 1953, he enlisted in the Army, and headed out to his basic training for the Army. Upon completion of basic training in July, he was sent to Korea, serving there for 20 months. While there, he worked in demolition and later as a supply sergeant. When Lauren returned back to the United States, he married his high school sweetheart, Ellen, and together they raised four sons. Lauren remained in the Army Reserves and was briefly called up during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He later enrolled in college under the G.I. Bill, and earned a degree in Special Education. He taught Elementary School for 20 years until his retirement. Lauren never spoke much about his time in Korea, aside from very few stories that he shared with his family. Some of the more mundane stories of his life in Korea were chronicled in daily letters that he wrote back home to his future wife In April of 2015, Lauren was able to participate in an Honor Flight along with other WWII and Korea Veterans, accompanied by his granddaughter. After this experience, Lauren was able to speak much more openly about his time in Korea, and his periodic nightmares from his time in the war ceased. The Honor Flight was one of the best days of his life, and he remembered it fondly until his death in 2019.

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September 30, 2021 03:04 pm
Mary Huffman
The Honor Flight is absolutely amazing! I totally agree that it can be life changing for any veteran, but it really touched my heart to hear how Lauren was able to share his Korean War memories after he attended that flight with other veterans. What an awesome program!

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Korean War - Key Events

January 17, 1950

North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung proposes the “liberation” of South Korea to Soviet officials. Weeks of telegram exchanges between Beijing, Moscow, and P’yŏngyang follow, and by early spring Kim has secured assurances of support for the invasion from Soviet premier Joseph Stalin and Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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